A Critic Goes to the Leo Awards

Los Angeles has the Oscars and Toronto has the Canadian Screen Awards, but here in Vancouver, the red carpet rolled out for three nights of the LEO AWARDS, now celebrating their 20th edition since their inception in 1999. I was fortunate enough to attend the third and final night of the awards where the trophies for […]

Three Very Different Short Films Look at Sickness and Health

The Mary Alice Brandon File, directed by sisters Kailey and Samantha Spear, won three Leo Awards (Picture Editing, Production Design, and Costume Design). It sustains a mood of understated horror while being visually beautiful as it traces how Mary Alice’s foreknowledge of everything from the weather to her father’s dark plans lands her in a […]